497 Greenwich Street combines a new building with an old brick factory building, creating a combination of old and new architecture. Appreciating the unique aesthetic of the building, it was selected to be used for my thesis project. Analyzing the interior floor plans, building structure, and functionality, the interior was gutted for my martial arts center. Applying a unique 104.5 degree atrium into the building structure and column grid was a challenge. The atrium is a structure with two sheets, with water flowing in between. The unique angle represents the creation of water, the only angle which hydrogen bonds with oxygen to form water. Co-existing with the atrium are classrooms, exhibits, health bar, and gift shop.
Design Concept Sections and Renderings
Final Atrium Concept